Zerona is a nonsurgical procedure that contours the body by removing excess fat without surgical side effects, states Erchonia. The procedure utilizes cold laser technology that releases fat cell contents without disturbing the capillaries and surrounding cells. As of 2015, Zerona primarily treats the abdomen, hips and thighs.
With Zerona, low-level laser stimulation disrupts the fat cell membrane and triggers the release of the cell's contents into spaces between cells. The released material then passes through the body during the normal detoxification process, explains Erchonia. Typically, a doctor performs the procedure in the office, using five lasers to target the areas at the same time while a patient lies on a table for about 20 minutes on each side. The low-level lasers do not heat tissue, which eliminates discomfort, downtime, and the need for bandages and anesthesia.